She was an orator and an entertainer; she was an author and an advocate; she was a teacher and a legislator. She was a prairie woman who used her talents, determination and energy to bring about change in society. She was a Trailblazer.

In partnership with the Winnipeg Free Press and the Manitoba Museum, the Nellie McClung Foundation is proud to introduce the 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazer Awards, an opportunity to salute the contributions that Manitoba woman have made to social justice, arts, sports, politics, community activities and promoting democracy while developing this great province.
 
These Trailblazer Awards will honour Nellie McClung’s vision by recognizing the spirit of her life’s work being advanced by women leaders of today or throughout Manitoba’s history. The 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazers will be named in conjunction with Manitoba’s 150th anniversary on May 12, 2020 (the 150th Anniversary of Manitoba becoming a province). They will, however, not be time limited to the 150 years of Manitoba as a province. Women who lived in this territory before it was given the name ‘Manitoba’ are eligible.

Purpose

This is a call to nominate Manitoba women who were Trailblazers: women who were first in their field or who through their work, had a significant impact on their field or community.

Eligibility

A woman, or a collective of women, who have made an impact on the development of Manitoba.

Nominees must have:
  • Worked or volunteered or played a role that was first in their field or had significant impact or outcome on society in Manitoba
  • Demonstrated leadership and acted as a role model
  • Reflected the spirit of Nellie McClung
  • Worked/lived for a significant part of their lives in the territory that is now called Manitoba (please verify this in the application)
  • Nominee (if alive) must agree to nomination
Not Eligible:
  • Women who will be participating in the selection process
Who can nominate:
  • Anyone can nominate

Proof

  • Oral history and accounts
  • Personal diaries
  • Family genealogies
  • History books
  • Government records
  • Newspapers
  • Community Club minutes, other meeting minutes
  • Birth records

 

Deadline

NOMINATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.

We would like to thank all those who provided nominees for the Nellie McClung Foundation’s 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazer Awards.

We are pleased to announce that we received over 350 nominations.  

The Nellie McClung Foundation, in partnership with the Winnipeg Free Press, have put in place a third-party selection committee who will undertake the review of all nomination.

Successful nominators/nominees will be notified by email, February 29th, 2020.

All nominees will be recognized in a book and showcased at the Manitoba Museum in a temporary exhibit open to the public from May to October 2020.

Nominees (to date)

Adele Wiseman
Agnès Roy (née Gosselin)
Angelique Nolin
Ann Callahan
Anna Maynard
Anna Negrych
Anna Pazdzierski
Anna Pazdzierski
Anne Bannatyne
Anne Ross
Anne Smigel
Annette Saint-Pierre
Arlene Wilson
Ashley Richard
Barbara Biggar
Barbara Bruce
Barbara Huck
Beatrice Mosionier
Beatrice St. Amant
Beatrice Watson
Benoist-Gallays
Berenice Sisler
Bernadette Smith
Bette Mueller
Bintou Sacko
Blandine Tona
Bonnie Korzeniowski
Brenda Arakaza
Brenlee Carrington Trepel
Brigette Lacquette
Carol Peloquin
Carol Shields
Catherine “Kate” McPherson
Catherine Mulaire
Cathy Hiller
Cécile Mulaire
Chief Betsy Kennedy
Chriss Tetlock (Clarissa May Joyce Tetlock)
Christine (Chris) Burrows
Cindy Klassen
Clara Hughes
Colleen Cutschall
Colleen Sklar
Connie Eyolfson
Connie Magnusson Schimnowski
Council of Women of Winnipeg, Inc.
Daphne Odjig
Darlene Wight
Dayna Spiring
Debora Durnin-Richards
Delphine Rivard
Devi Sharma
Di Brandt
Diana Redsky
Diane Gray
Diane Roussin
Donna Miller
Doreen Brownstone
Doris Mae Oulton
Dorothy Livesay
Dr. June James
Dr. Sara Israels
Dr. Alexandria Wilson
Dr. Anna Stokke
Dr. Charlotte Ross
Dr. Cynthia Grant
Dr. Diane McGifford
Dr. Donalda (Dina) Huggins
Dr. Ethel McPhail
Dr. Flordeliz Gigi Osler
Dr. Grace Anne Stewart, Ph.D.
Dr. Julie Nagam
Dr. Linda J. Malcolmson
Dr. Marlyn Cook
Dr. Mary Jane Logan McCallum
Dr. Mirjana Roksandic
Dr. Noralou P. Roos
Dr. Olva Odlum
Dr. Rayleen De Luca
Dr. Jessie Lang
Dr. Sandra Kirby
Dr. Sybil Shack
Dr. Tabitha Wood
Dr.Sherry peden
Dulcie Price
E. Cora Hind
Edith Hancox
Edith Mary McDowell
Edythe Millicent Brown Ehrlich
Eileen Charlotte Collins, OM
Eira “Babs” Friesen
Elaine Froese
Elba Haid
Eleonore Phillibert
Elise Vane
Elizabeth Dafoe
Elizabeth Parker
Emilie Ross (née Poitras)
Erna Kimmel
Ethel Mary (Playfair) Harrison
Evelyn Hart
Evelyn Wawryshyn Moroz
Evelyne Anderson
Finlay Mackenzie
Florence Edith McTavish Rogers
Founding Board of Directors of Women’s Health Clinic – Ellen Kruger, Linda Taylor, Paula Harris, Paula Gardner, Niki Garson, Robert Janz and Dr. C. Yuen
Frances Gunn
Gabrielle Roy
Gail Asper
Gail Freeman-Campbell
Gail Serena Singer
Germaine Krawzuk
Gertrude Richardson
Gigi Osler
Grey Nuns (Catholic Congregation of women religious)
Gudrun Helga Julia Sigurdson
Gudrun Jónsdóttir Storm
Gudrun Skulason
Gwen Hoebig
H2O Academy Co-Founders Kaley Maksymyk & Krista Morden
Halimatou Ba
Harriet Snetsinger Dick
Heather Robertson
Heather Whittaker
Helen “Ma” Armstrong
Helen Glass
Helen Granger Young
Helen M Powell
Helena F. Reimer
Helena Penner Hiebert
Hilda Klassen
Holmfridur Danielson
Hon. Ruth Krindle
Honourable Janis Gundrun Johnson
Hortense Rabet
Hrund Skulason
Ida Carriere
Isabel Auld
Isabel Richard, and 11 others who were founders of the Manitoba Speech and Hearing Association
Isabel Ross MacLean Hunt
Jaime Cidro
Jane MacLatchy
Janice Filmon
Janine Tougas
Jarita Greyeyes
Jean Agnes Hird
Jean Folster
Jennifer Hofer
Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Shay O.C
Jessica Dumas
Jessie McDermott
Jon Sigurdson Chapter IODE
Joan (Sigrid) Johnson
Joan Hibbert
Joan Mary Harland
JoAnn MacMorran
JoAnne Buth
Johanna Seier
Josephine Hogg Campbell
Judith Chambers
Judith Weiszman
Judy Peake
Judy Wasylycia-Leis
June Menzies
June Westbury
Justice Kimberly Prost
Kal Barteski
Kanaye Connie Matsuo
Kate McPherson
Kate Rice
Katharina Thiessen
Katherena Vermette
Katherine Friesen
Kathleen M. Richardson
Kathryn (Kathy) June Hamelin RN, BA,
Kathy Mallett, O.M
Katrina Leclerc
Lara Rae
Laura Ealing & Catherine Kerr
Laura Goodman Salverson
Leah Hextall
Leanne Boyd
Lee Newton
Leila Castro
Leonore Saunders
Les Soeurs du Sauveur
Letitia Hargrave
Lillian Gibbons
Lillian James
Lillian Vilborg Bjarnason MacPherson
Lisa Meeches
Lise Gaboury-Diallo
Lois Darlene Edie
Lois Edie
Loréna “Dollee” Chevrier
Lorena Mitchell
Lori Schellekens
Louise Habimana Uwera
Luc d’Antioche, snjm
Lydia Pajunen
Lynn Sissons
Mabel Josephine Wardrop
Mae Louise Campbell
Manie Tobie
Manitoba Women’s Institute
Margaret Ann Scott
Margaret Bloodworth
Margaret June Kentner
Margaret Laurence
Margaret McWilliams
Margaret Morse
Margaret Newton FRSC
Margaret Sweatman
Margo Goodhand
Margret Jonsdottir Benedictsson
Marguerite Nolin
Maria Vogt
Marianne Cerilli
Marie-Anne Gaboury
Marie-Anne Lagimodiere
Mariette Mulaire
Marilyn Cook
Marjorie Anderson
Marsha Hanen
Martha Jane Hample
Martha Ruth Brooks
Mary A. Wawrykow
Mary Barrett Speechly
Mary Dopson
Mary Dyma
Mary Gowler
Mary Kelekis
Mary Richard
Mary Riter Hamilton
Mary Sawka
Mary Scott
Maude Bissett
Maxine Critch
Meeka Walsh
Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA)
Millie Lamb
Miriam Toews
Missionary Oblate Sisters
Muriel Smith
Muriel Sprague Richardson
Myrna Driedger
Nahanni Fontaine
Neilla Premachuk
Nellie McClung
Nicole Brémault
Olive Bend Little
Pamela Rebello, O.M.
Parusia Purohit
Pat Bovey
Pauline Boutal
Peggy Green
Rachel Massicotte
Raging Grannies
Raymonde Gagné
Reeni Soni
Renee Kaplan
Rhonda Head
Rita Chahal
Roxy Freedman
Ruth Elaine Christie
Ruth waterman Rubinstein
Ruthanne Dyck
Sadie Mildred Grimm
Samantha Rayburn-Trubyk
Sandra McCaig
Sara Usman
Sarah Mallabar
Selma Loewen, Sara Stoesz, Linie Friesen, Susan Giesbrecht and the dozens of women who founded the first MCC Thrift shops
Senator Mary Jane McCallum
Shahina Siddiqui
Sharon Carstairs
Sharron Zenith Corne
Sheila Dresen
Sheila North
Sherri Walsh
Shirley Elias
Shirley Kalyniuk
Shirley Render
Shirley Richardson
Siggurós Vidal
Sister Angelica of Mary
Sister Geraldine MacNamara
Sister Jean Ell
Sisters of Misericordia
Sisters of Service
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate
Skylar Park
Soeur Leonne Dumesnil
Soeur Luc d’Antioche, snjm
Sonja Bejzyk
Sophia Thomas Mason
Sophie Gaulin
Sophie May Ryan “Diamond Queen”
Sr. Agathe Dorge, snjm
Sue Boreskie
Susan Auch
Susan Hart-Kulbaba
Susan Thompson
Sybil Shack
Tabitha Langel
Tannis Mindell
Tannis Richardson
Taylor Morriseau
Teresa Dukes
Teresa Rogers
Thanadelthur.
The Grey Nuns of Manitoba
The Honourable Pearl McGonigal
The Institute of the Sisters of Service of Canada
The Junior League of Winnipeg
The Nellie McClung Foundation
The Partners of Patersons LLP
The Shameless Circle
The Very Reverend the Hon. Lois M. Wilson
Thelma Alma Wynne
Theresa Oswald
Tina Jones
Tina Keeper
Tracie Afifi
Tracy Patterson
University Women’s Club of Winnipeg
Ursilla McAlister Macdonnell
Venla Hovi
Vera Derenchuk
Vera Lysenko
Verna J. Kirkness
Violet Irene Guymer (nee Poynter)
Wanda Koop
Wendy Pongoski
Wilma Derksen
Women of the Fur Trade